Drywall Is Up

Please Lord, give me the strength to endure subpar subcontractors. The plumbing is finished and our schedule was blown apart by plumbers who didn’t show up and never called to say they weren’t going to show up. Also, they failed to make the drain stay above the ceiling, so we had to build a box around it. I need to remind myself that we no longer have a pipe running down the wall, which would have involved cutting cabinets and jury rigging some method to hang the cabinets. Still, lack of communication and inability to meet expectations has made this a disheartening process.

Moving on to positives, we got the drywall up, subfloor in, electrical worked out, and wallpaper mostly off. More mudding today and then we can get to fun stuff like hanging cabinets, painting, and laying floor.

 

The box to hide the pipe.

  

Chili pepper wallpaper border all gone except for some paste.

 

Plumbing is still not done

Most of the plumbing is complete. However, leaky pipes in a doctor’s office took precedent and the plumbers left after lunch. It’s kind of like being in the emergency room and watching worse cases being treated before you. Hopefully, Monday they will finish the job. In the meantime, we have no water at the house and I’m stressed about all of the delays.

Pipe is in the wall

The plumbing situation has been frustrating, but work is happening and we no longer have a four inch drain running down the kitchen wall.

I haven’t been this excited about plumbing since Super Mario Bros.

Total Kitchen Demolition

We have an unusable, dirty room! I mean our kitchen is demolished and we’ve gotten some new drywall up and electric sorted out.

 

Progress is no sink.

 
We’re still waiting on the plumbers to show so we can get rolling on installing cabinets and flooring.

 

Please, sir, may I have another cabinet to assemble.

This weekend we’ll finish off IKEA-palooza and report on the damaged upper cabinet. Thankfully, it wasn’t a lower cabinet which would of set back our countertops till the presidential primaries. 

If You’re Gonna Do It, Now’s The Time

We’re still getting work done on the kitchen. It’s just. It’s just that now we are replumbing the whole house.

The benefits: moving this big pipe going down the kitchen wall and not cutting cabinets, water pressure, no more galvanized pipes.

The drawbacks: money and delays.

Everyone seems to have the same queue card and tells us “If you’re gonna do it, now’s the time.” Sigh. So, we are doing it.

  

We insulated the ceiling of the kitchen.

All tile floor is now removed.

Hey! We added some drywall!

Tomorrow the plumbers come and we’ll see what the game plan is. If you still feel like your life is empty because you haven’t assembled some IKEA cabinets, send me a message and we’ll fill that void.

Recessed Lighting Installed

Today we installed new lighting and did a little more demolition. Also, had a plumber out to give an estimate.

I ‘m still amazed how this looks compared to the single flourescent light in the middle.

First Tooth

Finally, a tooth! After almost 11 months and countless misinterpretations of events we thought had to be teething, S— has a tooth coming in. 

Kitchen Remodel: Day 1 (Demolition)

We started the remodel today. R— and some friends assembled cabinets while I helped remove the upper cabinets.

 

The cabinets were wrapped around with drywall and thus a pain in the butt to remove.

  
   
  

Old cloth-backed wallpaper behind the cabinets.

  

End of the day.

   

Almost 11 Months Old

We just got back from vacation, and while it was fun, it was also tiring.

Like Luke Skywalker carrying a very tired Yoda.

Like Luke Skywalker carrying a very tired Yoda.

  • Things S— can say: Mama, Dada, Dog, Baby, Book, Ball, Hi, and Bye.
  • Crawling is so last month. Now, she’s climbing stairs!
  • Dancing to music. Two favorites include “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross and “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. Videos are below.
  • Clapping.
  • Waving hello and goodbye.
  • Expressing her disapproval when R— or I leave the room.
  • Helping put away toys.
  • Deciphering the meaning of Goodnight Moon. Just who is Nobody?

Any bets on if she’ll be walking by her birthday?